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07/11/2011    7:05 PM
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BMW Canada has just announced the limited 2011 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan Special Edition available only from Production Weeks 27 through 35 (July/August). The 335i xDrive Sedan Special Edition combines true exclusivity with enhanced driving dynamics. For the first time on a BMW 3 Series Sedan, 19” alloy wheels are fitted from the factory. The Style 313M wheel compliments the M Aerodynamic Kit to create a sporty and appealing design package. The highlight of the interior is the Carbon Leather trim, directly from the M3 Sedan. BMW has never used this interior trim on any model other than the M3. With a focus on interior aesthetics, the Smokers Package is installed in the centre console, including a cover for the ashtray and 12V socket. The … CONTINUED

07/11/2011    1:48 PM
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BMW’s research and development head, Klaus Draeger, has confirmed that future BMWs will indeed utilize new turbocharged 3-cylinder gas and diesel engines. This begs the question which future models will receive these 3 cylinder motors. According to Draeger (via Autocar), the upcoming FWD 1-series models will receive the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder and not the F30 3-series (at least not initially?)

“They are not a priority for the 3-series,” Draeger told Autocar last week. “We’ll start with the front-wheel drive architecture and more price-sensitive models.”

Instead, the smallest engine we expect to see for the F30 3-series is the 245hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder N20 engine.

Draeger revealed that the petrol version of the engine, known internally as N37, has the potential to match the maximum 54bhp-per-cylinder rating of the firm’s … CONTINUED

07/08/2011    11:05 AM
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We bring you the first ever live action look at the F30 335i testing on the Nurburgring.  Without lap times it’s difficult to know exactly how well it handles the famed track, but the mule seems to zip around the track with great composure, little roll, and good speed. Check out the full video inside.

07/06/2011    2:35 PM
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It’s been months since the F30 sedan has been spotted testing on the Nurburgring, but this F30 335i sedan was just spotted today making testing runs on the ring. This is the first space gray F30 prototype to be spied.

The last time the F30 was on the Nurburgring, it was in much heavier camouflage, but now appears in the latest level of camouflage and with premium wheels, first seen on the recent white F30 photos.

The F30 3-series sedan will begin production in November 2011, shortly after the E90 3-series stops production. The F30 2012 Model Year will run until June 2012, upon which point it will switch to the 2013 Model Year.

As this schedule shows, the F30 3-series will come as 328i and 335i models. The … CONTINUED

07/03/2011    3:15 PM
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From autumn 2011, the BMW 3 Series Coupé and BMW 3 Series Convertible will be available in Edition Exclusive and M Sport Edition guises. Here are the highlights of each edition:

Edition Exclusive Model Highlights:

18-inch V-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in Space Grey
Exclusive exterior paint shade Mineral Grey (or any one of the other color variants offered as standard or as an option)
Exterior mirror caps in Oxide Silver
Dakota leather can be ordered in the exclusive Pearl Grey with grey contrast stitching, or in Black with white contrast stitching.
Floor mats with color coordinated piping
Interior trim strips in Bamboo Grain … CONTINUED

06/30/2011    12:15 PM
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The next generation BMW 3-Series sedan is only months away from full reveal, and in typical BMW fashion the camo striptease continues during vehicle testing.

The overall level of camo on the cars appears to remain the same as previous photos demonstrated, however with better lighting and angles, a more realistic picure of the F30 appears before our eyes. The true “mini F10″ look of the car is much more obvious, especially when looking at the headline photo. That is to say a mini F10 5-Series with more taught lines and short overhangs. Modernizations to the design also include the newer tighter designed headlamp clusters that will include the squared off angel eye design first seen on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics and BMW M1 Hommage cars.

However, the … CONTINUED

06/29/2011    12:30 PM
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You typically don’t see manufacturers testing vehicles in Manhattan, but a BIMMERPOST member spotted the new F30 testing in the big apple. The vehicle does seem to be wearing California license plates, suggesting a long road trip as part of the evaluation phase.

06/22/2011    1:15 PM
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We bring you a realistic look at the upcoming 2012 3-series F30 sedan’s rear view, revealed by reference to real life spy photos and using our talented artists’ skills. What’s revealed is a not-revolutionary, yet stately and handsome rear.

The F30 3 series will feature rear tail lights in the classic L-shape, lit by LED light bars. The trunk will feature a very slight integrated bill, toned down from the E90 3-series’ more aggressive trunk bill. All F30 3-series have been spotted with the same rear lower bumper trim as seen in this render.

From this rear 3/4 view, the side double character lines are again evident and provide a smooth transition for one’s eyes from the rear lights all the way into the front fender and hood.

As … CONTINUED

06/20/2011    7:30 AM
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The BMW 335is has been available for a while now, but it’s never too late (and always fun) to see another review. Motorweek reviews the 335is. Video inside.